Monthly Archives: December 2008

No Myth – Michael Penn

No Myth – Michael Penn

Michael Penn (born August 1, 1958, in Greenwich Village, New York City) is an American singer and songwriter. He is the son of actor/director Leo Penn and actress Eileen Ryan, and the brother of actors Sean Penn and Chris Penn.

Prior to the release of his 1989 debut album March, Penn was a member of the Los Angeles band Doll Congress and had appeared as an extra on a few television series, including St. Elsewhere.

March, particularly the first single, “No Myth,” brought Penn attention, as well as the 1990 MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist. Penn’s follow-up albums Free-for-All (1992), Resigned (1997) and MP4: Days Since a Lost Time Accident (2000) weren’t able to match the commercial success of March, although critics praised his songcraft.

Never Let You Go – Third Eye Blind

Third Eye Blind (sometimes abbreviated 3eb) is an American alternative rock band formed in the early 1990s in San Francisco. The band’s current line-up is Stephan Jenkins (vocals, guitar), Brad Hargreaves (drums, percussion), and Tony Fredianelli (guitar, vocals). Leo Kremer, a recent Berkeley graduate, had been filling in for original bassist Arion Salazar, but he will not take part in any recordings with the band.

After the massive success of their eponymous debut album in 1997, the band released one more album, 1999’s Blue, before guitarist Kevin Cadogan was released under circumstances that still elicit controversy. More recently, bassist Arion Salazar has not been playing with the band, and his future as part of the quartet is unclear. It is reported on the band’s Facebook page that he is able to return whenever he wishes; that there is an “open door policy” for him.

Third Eye Blind’s first album, Third Eye Blind, became an immediate success after its release in 1997. The album had 5 singles, “Semi-Charmed Life“, “Graduate“, “Losing a Whole Year“, “Jumper“, and “How’s It Going to Be“. “Semi-Charmed Life” hit as high as #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Modern Rock Tracks for 8 weeks. The band also played “How’s it Going to Be” on Saturday Night Live. To date it has been the most successful Third Eye Blind CD, selling 6 million units worldwide. Smash Mouth drummer Michael Urbano also appeared on the album, playing drums on 4 songs. During this period they also opened a number of shows on U2’s Popmart tour. Additionally, this album includes the track “Motorcycle Drive By” which despite receiving only limited radio play, has gained significant popularity especially amongst the band’s close followers.

In 1999 the band released Blue. Although not received as well as Third Eye Blind, the album sold 150,000 copies the first month of release and 1.25 million total U.S. sales.[5] Four singles were released from the album, “Anything“, “Never Let You Go“, “Deep Inside of You“, and “10 Days Late“. In early 2000, shortly after the release of the album, Kevin Cadogan was released from the band.

Black Gold – Soul Asylum

Black Gold – Soul Asylum

Soul Asylum is an American alternative rock band that formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1983.

The band grew out of a local band, Loud Fast Rules, that formed in 1981 with Dan Murphy, Dave Pirner, Karl Mueller and Pat Morley. Morley was later replaced by Grant Young in 1984. The band recorded three albums with Twin/Tone Records and two with A&M Records to little commercial success. However, in 1992, they released the double-platinum album Grave Dancers Union, featuring their Grammy Award-winning single “Runaway Train“. The band played the Bill Clinton inauguration later that year. They also scored a platinum record with the album Let Your Dim Light Shine three years later, but it was the last hit album of the band’s career. Mueller was diagnosed with cancer in 2004, causing the band to organize a benefit concert on his behalf, and died a year later. As of 2007, the band continues to perform live shows.

A Girl Like You – The Smithereens

The Smithereens are a rock band from Carteret, New Jersey, United States. The group, formed in 1980, has consisted of Pat DiNizio (vocals & guitar), Jim Babjak (guitar & vocals), Mike Mesaros (bass guitar & vocals), and Dennis Diken (drums & percussion) until 2006, when Mike parted ways with the band. Severo “The Thrilla” Jornacion currently fills his spot.

Babjak, Diken and Mesaros are all from Carteret, New Jersey and had graduated in 1975 from Carteret High School. The three joined together to form the band in 1980 with DiNizio, who is from Scotch Plains, New Jersey.

The Smithereens are known for writing and playing catchy 1960s-influenced power pop. The group gained some publicity when a single from its first album, “Blood and Roses”, was included on the soundtrack for, and as the theme song of the 1986 Albert Pyun movie, Dangerously Close, and the video got some moderately heavy rotation on MTV. The group spent some time in its initial semi-celebrity phase defending itself in Rolling Stone against thinly-veiled accusations of sounding too much like The Byrds and The Beatles, pointing out that its Marshall Amplifier-heavy live sound was closer to heavy metal than it was to The Beatles. The Smithereens have always worn their inspirations proudly, but the band also influenced other musicians, most notably Kurt Cobain during the period he was writing Nevermind. Ironically, some feel the Smithereens (like many early 1990s bands) were hurt by the rise of grunge music.

Along with a basic Eastern-coast roots-rock sound that owed much to the inspirations of DiNizio, including Buddy Holly, The Who, The Clash, Elvis Costello, and Nick Lowe, the Smithereens deployed a uniquely retro obsession with Mod, the late British Invasion pop of John’s Children and The Move, and other artifacts of fifties and sixties culture that lent its music substance. The title and lyrics of their song, “In a Lonely Place,” appear to be based on the 1950 Humphrey Bogart film of the same name, including the lyrics, “I was born the day I met her, lived a little when she loved me, died a little when we broke apart.”

The Smithereens featured as the entertainment in the indoor beach party scene of the Troma film Class of Nuke ‘Em High, playing the song “Much Too Much”.

The highest position a Smithereens album attained on the Billboard pop charts was in 1990, when 11 peaked at #41 on the strength of the single “A Girl Like You” (which hit #38).

The Smithereens have collaborated with numerous musicians, both in the studio (Suzanne Vega and Belinda Carlisle) and live (Graham Parker and The Kinks).

The group, which has long had a reputation for playing excellent live shows, is still active and tours frequently. Their next studio album is expected to be released in early 2009.

Do Ya – Electric Light Orchestra

Do Ya – ELO

In this life I’ve seen everything I can see woman,
I’ve seen lovers flying through the air hand in hand
I’ve seen babies dancing in the midnight sun,
And I’ve seen dreams that came from the heavenly skies above
I’ve seen old men crying at their own grave sides
And I’ve seen pigs all sitting watching, picture slides
But I never seen nothing like you.

Do ya do ya want my love
Do ya do ya want my face
Do ya do ya want my mind
Do ya do ya want my love

Well I, heard the crowd singin out of tune,
As they, sat and sang auld lang syne by the light of the moon
I heard the preachers bangin on the drums,
And I heard the police playin with their guns
But I never heard nothin’ like you.

In the country where the sky touches down
On the field, she lay her down to rest
In the morning sun,
They come a-runnin’ just to get a look, just to
Feel to touch her long black hair they dont give a damn

Do ya do ya want my love
Do ya do ya want my face
Do ya do ya want my mind
Do ya do ya want my love

Well I think you know what Im trying to say woman,
That is I’d like to save you for a rainy day,
I’ve seen enough of the world to know,
That I’ve got to get it all to get it all to grow.

Do ya do ya want my love
Do ya do ya want my face
Do ya do ya want my mind
Do ya do ya want my love